Dostoevsky

A Writer in His Time

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Author: Joseph Frank

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400833412

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 984

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Joseph Frank's award-winning, five-volume Dostoevsky is widely recognized as the best biography of the writer in any language--and one of the greatest literary biographies of the past half-century. Now Frank's monumental, 2500-page work has been skillfully abridged and condensed in this single, highly readable volume with a new preface by the author. Carefully preserving the original work's acclaimed narrative style and combination of biography, intellectual history, and literary criticism, Dostoevsky: A Writer in His Time illuminates the writer's works--from his first novel Poor Folk to Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov--by setting them in their personal, historical, and above all ideological context. More than a biography in the usual sense, this is a cultural history of nineteenth-century Russia, providing both a rich picture of the world in which Dostoevsky lived and a major reinterpretation of his life and work.

A Writer's Diary

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Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky,Gary Saul Morson,Kenneth Lantz

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

ISBN: 0810125218

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 574

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The essential entries from Dostoevsky's complete Diary, called his boldest experiment in literary form, are now available in this abridged edition; it is a uniquely encyclopedic forum of fictional and nonfictional genres. A Writer's Diary began as a column in a literary journal, but by 1876 Dostoevsky was able to bring it out as a complete monthly publication with himself as an editor, publisher, and sole contributor, suspending work on The Brothers Karamazov to do so. The Diary's radical format was matched by the extreme range of its contents. In a single frame it incorporated an astonishing variety of material: short stories; humorous sketches; reports on sensational crimes; historical predictions; portraits of famous people; autobiographical pieces; and plans for stories, some of which were never written while others appeared later in the Diary itself. A range of authorial and narrative voices and stances and an elaborate scheme of allusions and cross-references preserve and present Dostoevsky's conception of his work as a literary whole. Selected from the two-volume set, this abridged edition of A Writer's Diary appears in a single paperback volume, along with a new condensed introduction by editor Gary Saul Morson.

Dostoevsky

The Author As Psychoanalyst

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Author: Louis Breger

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 141280843X

Category: Psychology

Page: 295

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Andrï Gide once said that Feodor Dostoevsky "lost himself in the characters of his books, and, for this reason, it is in them that he can be found again." In Dostoevsky: The Author as Psychoanalyst, Louis Breger approaches Dostoevsky psychoanalytically, not as a "patient" to be analyzed, but as a fellow psychoanalyst, someone whose life and fiction are intertwined in the process of literary self-exploration. Raskolnikov's dream of the suffering horse in Crime and Punishment has become one of the best known in all literature, its rich imagery expressing meaning on many levels. Using this as a starting point, Breger goes on to offer a detailed analysis of the novel, situating it at the pivotal point in Dostoevsky's life between the death of his first wife and his second marriage. Using insights from his psychological training, Breger also explores other works by Dostoevsky, among them his early novel, The Double, which Breger relates to the nervous breakdown that Dostoevsky suffered in his twenties, as well as Notes from Underground, The Possessed, The Idiot, The Brothers Karamazov, and so forth. Additionally, details from Dostoevsky's own life—his compulsive gambling, his epilepsy, his philosophical, political, religious, and mystical beliefs, and the interpretations of them found in existing biographies—are analyzed in detail.

Dostoevsky

A Biography

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Author: Леонид Петрович Гроссман

Publisher: Bobbs-Merrill

ISBN: N.A

Category: Novelists, Russian

Page: 647

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Dostoevsky 1821-1881

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Author: E.H. Carr

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317644921

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 258

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The bare events of Dostoevsky’s life – his father murdered by peasants, his own ordeal before a firing squad, then exile in Siberia, his epilepsy, gambling, poverty and debts – go far to account for his strange intensity of vision. This biography, first published in 1931, traces his wayward development, from his strict and secluded childhood to his debut as ‘literary pimple’, through his years of anguish, to his maturity as artist and final apotheosis as Russian patriot. Written some fifty years after Dostoevsky’s death, when the material necessary for a full study first became available, Carr’s classic study reflects an approach to the life and genius of Dostoevsky dominated by the concerns of the mid-twentieth century. With its illuminating chapters on each of the great novels and its stylistic precision, this treatment of Dostoevsky remains a perfect introduction to the man, both as a novelist and as a human being.

Tolstoy

A Russian Life

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Author: Rosamund Bartlett

Publisher: HMH

ISBN: 0547545878

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 544

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This biography of the brilliant author of War and Peace and Anna Karenina “should become the first resort for everyone drawn to its titanic subject” (Booklist, starred review). In November 1910, Count Lev Tolstoy died at a remote Russian railway station. At the time of his death, he was the most famous man in Russia, more revered than the tsar, with a growing international following. Born into an aristocratic family, Tolstoy spent his existence rebelling against not only conventional ideas about literature and art but also traditional education, family life, organized religion, and the state. In “an epic biography that does justice to an epic figure,” Rosamund Bartlett draws extensively on key Russian sources, including fascinating material that has only become available since the collapse of the Soviet Union (Library Journal, starred review). She sheds light on Tolstoy’s remarkable journey from callow youth to writer to prophet; discusses his troubled relationship with his wife, Sonya; and vividly evokes the Russian landscapes Tolstoy so loved and the turbulent times in which he lived.

Dostoevsky the Thinker

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Author: James Patrick Scanlan

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801439940

Category: History

Page: 251

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For all his distance from philosophy, Dostoevsky was one of the most philosophical of writers. Drawing on his novels, essays, letters and notebooks, this volume examines Dostoevsky's philosophical thought.

The Notebooks for Crime and Punishment

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Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Publisher: Courier Dover Publications

ISBN: 0486821412

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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Key to understanding Dostoyevsky's masterpiece offers facsimile pages plus interpretations of the author's schematic plans of major portions of the novel, deleted scenes, reflections on philosophical and religious ideas, more.

Idiot

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Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Publisher: eChristian

ISBN: 1618430467

Category: Good and evil

Page: N.A

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Prince Myshkin has just returned to Russia after several years in a Swiss sanitarium and soon finds himself in a complicated love triangle. Myshkin's honesty, goodness, and integrity are shown to be unequal to the moral emptiness of those around him.

Dostoyevsky

A Life of Contradiction

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Author: Judith Gunn

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 1445658488

Category: History

Page: 296

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An intriguing study of the life and works of one of the world's most celebrated writers

Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Author: Peter Leithart

Publisher: Thomas Nelson Inc

ISBN: 1595550348

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 193

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Dostoevsky

His Life and Work

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Author: Konstantin Mochulsky

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691012995

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 687

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Dostoevsky's writings are criticized individually and in relation to one another against the background of his life and thought

Summer in Baden-Baden

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Author: Leonid Tsypkin

Publisher: New Directions Publishing

ISBN: 9780811215480

Category: Fiction

Page: 176

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was acclaimed by as "a short poetic masterpiece" and by Donald Fanger in as "gripping, mysterious and profoundly moving." A complex, highly original novel, has a double narrative. It is wintertime, late December: a species of "now." A narrator—Tsypkinis on a train going to Leningrad. And it is also mid-April 1867. The newly married Dostoyevskys, Fyodor, and his wife, Anna Grigor'yevna, are on their way to Germany, for a four-year trip. This is not, like J. M. Coetzee's , a Dostoyevsky fantasy. Neither is it a docu-novel, although its author was obsessed with getting everything "right." Nothing is invented, everything is invented. Dostoyevsky's reckless passions for gambling, for his literary vocation, for his wife, are matched by her all-forgiving love, which in turn resonates with the love of literature's disciple, Leonid Tsypkin, for Dostoyevsky. In a remarkable introductory essay (which appeared in ), Susan Sontag explains why it is something of a miracle that has survived, and celebrates the happy event of its publication in America with an account of Tsypkin's beleaguered life and the important pleasures of his marvelous novel.

Netochka Nezvanova

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Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141936290

Category: Fiction

Page: 176

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Netochka Nezvanova - a 'Nameless Nobody' - tells the story of a childhood dominated by her stepfather, Efimov, a failed musician who believes he is a neglected genius. The young girl is strangely drawn to this drunken ruin of a man, who exploits her and drives the family to poverty. But when she is rescued by an aristocratic family, the abuse against Netochka's delicate psyche continues in a more subtle way, condemning her to remain an outsider - a solitary spectator of a glittering society. Conceived as part of a novel on a grand scale, Netochka Nezvanova remained incomplete after Dostoyevsky was exiled to Siberia for 'revolutionary activities' in 1849. With its depiction of the suffering, loneliness, madness and sin that affect both rich and poor in St Petersburg, it contains the great themes that were to dominate his later novels.

Memoirs from the House of the Dead

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Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky,Jessie Senior Coulson,Ronald Hingley

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192838681

Category: Fiction

Page: 366

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In this almost documentary account of his own experiences of penal servitude in Serbia, Dostoevsky describes the physical and mental suffering of the convicts, the squalor and the degradation, in relentless detail. The inticate procedure whereby the men strip for the bath without removing their ten-pound leg-fetters is an extraordinary tour de force, compared by Turgenev to passages from Dante's Inferno. Terror and resignation - the rampages of a pyschopath, the brief serence interlude of Christmas Day - are evoked by Dostoevsky, writing several years after his release, with a strikingly uncharacteristic detachment. For this reason, House of the Dead is certainly the least Dostoevskian of his works, yet, paradoxically, it ranks among his great masterpieces.

Notes from the Underground

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Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Publisher: BookRix

ISBN: 3736802579

Category: Fiction

Page: 177

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Notes from the Underground is a novella by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Notes is considered by many to be the first existentialist novel. It presents itself as an excerpt from the rambling memoirs of a bitter, isolated, unnamed narrator (generally referred to by critics as the Underground Man) who is a retired civil servant living in St. Petersburg. The first part of the story is told in monologue form, or the underground man's diary, and attacks emerging Western philosophy, especially Nikolay Chernyshevsky's What Is to Be Done?. The second part of the book is called "Àpropos of the Wet Snow", and describes certain events that, it seems, are destroying and sometimes renewing the underground man, who acts as a first person, unreliable narrator. Dostoyevsky again confronts the concept of free will and constructs a negative argument to validate free will against determinism in the character Kirillov's suicide in his novel The Demons. Notes from Underground marks the starting point of Dostoyevsky's move from psychological and sociological themed novels to novels based on existential and general human experience in crisis. War is described as people's rebellion against the assumption that everything needs to happen for a purpose, because humans do things without purpose, and this is what determines human history. The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche called Dostoevsky "the only psychologist, incidentally, from whom I had anything to learn."

The Brothers Karamazov

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Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Publisher: Litres

ISBN: 504046410X

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: N.A

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Dostoevsky in Context

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Author: Deborah A. Martinsen,Olga Maiorova

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1316462447

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: N.A

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This volume explores the Russia where the great writer, Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821–1881), was born and lived. It focuses not only on the Russia depicted in Dostoevsky's works, but also on the Russian life that he and his contemporaries experienced: on social practices and historical developments, political and cultural institutions, religious beliefs, ideological trends, artistic conventions and literary genres. Chapters by leading scholars illuminate this broad context, offer insights into Dostoevsky's reflections on his age, and examine the expression of those reflections in his writing. Each chapter investigates a specific context and suggests how we might understand Dostoevsky in relation to it. Since Russia took so much from Western Europe throughout the imperial period, the volume also locates the Russian experience within the context of Western thought and practices, thereby offering a multidimensional view of the unfolding drama of Russia versus the West in the nineteenth century.

The Gospel in Dostoyevsky

Selections from His Works

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Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Publisher: The Plough Publishing House

ISBN: 1570755094

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 258

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A collection of excerpts from Dostoyevsky's writings, demonstrating his spiritual thoughts and grouped under such headings as "Man's Rebellion Against God" and "Life in God."

Winter Notes on Summer Impressions

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Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

ISBN: 9780810115187

Category: Fiction

Page: 78

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Winter Notes on Summer Impressions (? ? ? ? ?) is an early book-length essay by Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky which he composed while traveling in western Europe. Many commentators believe that in the themes it explores, the essay anticipates his later work Notes from the Underground. In June 1862, Dostoevsky left Petersburg on his first excursion to Western Europe. Ostensibly making the trip to consult Western specialists about his epilepsy, he also wished to see firsthand the source of the Western ideas he believed were corrupting Russia. Over the course of his journey he visited a number of major cities, including Berlin, Paris, London, Florence, Milan, and Vienna. He recorded his impressions in Winter Notes on Summer Impressions, which were first published in the February 1863 issue of Vremya (Time), the periodical of which he was the editor. Among other themes, Dostoevsky reveals his Pan-Slavism, rejecting European culture as corrupt and exhorting Russians to resist the temptation to emulate or adopt European ways of life.